While Tutoring in the Summer School Program sponsored by Mission Central in Hurst, Texas, I got to help kids make rockets, using two-liter bottles, cardboard box pieces for fins, and a lot of colorful, wide tape. Yesterday, the kids waited excitedly in the hot sun as another tutor, Donald Culberson, shown below, filled them half full of water and set them up to take off. One flew to the top of a tree, another landed on a roof, still another flew 50 yards away to crash into a wall.
Afterward, I helped a nine-year-old girl from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who spoke French and English, read about the history of the first fourth of July. I showed her on a map where the thirteen colonies were and where the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia. Of course, I had to show her where the DRC was also.
Tonight, I will fry chicken and bake brownies to take for a picnic supper when my husband and I go to see The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare in the Park in Dallas. The brownie recipe that follows is the one used by Heather McKinley in Romancing the Doctor.
Carolyn Rae’s Mint Frosted Brownies
2 cups sugar
½ cup margarine (1 stick, softened)
¾ cup cocoa (or 4 squares baking chocolate)
1 cup flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
16 chocolate covered peppermint patties
Beat eggs until thick and foamy. Add sugar about 2 Tbs. at a time, and continue beating until all sugar is beaten in. Add softened margarine. (You can soften margarine with beaters, but don’t do it before you beat the eggs, because the eggs won’t rise as much with margarine on the beaters.) Sift in flour and cocoa. (If you use baking chocolate, melt over medium heat with the margarine and add before the flour.) Add vanilla and nuts and mix well. Pour into a greased 11X 8 or 9 x 9 pan and bake 40 minutes at 325 degrees. When done spread 15 or 16 peppermint patties on top and return to oven for about 3 minutes. Remove from oven and spread patties around to cover top. Cool and cut in 16 squares.
Anyone interested in buying my novel, The Royals of Monterra: Holiday with a Prince can order it until July 15th. After that, Amazon will cease publishing Kindle World books.
Until then, I will be busy writing the sequel to Romancing the Doctor, called Romancing the Vet. The doctor’s brother, Thomas, will help a woman rescue a retired racing greyhound and flee drug lords who sewed drugs into the dog’s abdomen.